Dirty Dozen: Some of the Filthiest Items Still for Sale on Sears.com

Marketplace Vendors May Not Be Safe for Work

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Come see the pervier side of Sears.

Earlier this week, Gawker discovered a curious T-shirt for sale on Sears.com. Its slogan: "I [heart] Butt Plugs."

The product page was quickly pulled down, but its outing has unleashed a foul wind. An Ad Age investigation has found that the website of the iconic heartland retailer that once asked you to explore its softer side is awash in boner Ts and all other manner of crass material.

UPDATE: A Sears spokesman has since written to AdAge.com: "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. While products like this may appear on Sears.com marketplace through a third party seller, Sears does not sell them. We are removing these products from the site."

Sears.com's Marketplace section is described as "a community of sellers working with Sears to provide you with millions of additional products." Think Amazon's army of third-party vendors. Indeed, a few of these items can be found on Amazon.com (though Amazon doesn't have the squeaky-clean image usually associated with Sears).

What follows is an incomplete inventory of smut on Sears.com. Take the links for what they're worth, as we imagine they'll be coming down fast:

Sears, part of Sears Holdings, has been sucking wind for years now. In February, it reported a quarterly net loss of $2.4 billion, with sales at Sears stores declining 4.1%. At the end of 2011, the company said it would close up to 120 Sears and Kmart stores.

A representative couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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